Chemicals: Online tool to help substitution
Thursday 31 May 2012
The pressure on companies to produce and use fewer toxic products is growing as stricter legislations are introduced and consumer awareness increases. To be able to phase out problematic substances, companies are faced with the challenge of finding safer alternative chemicals and/or technologies. A multilingual information exchange platform, SUBSPORT – the Substitution Support Portal – has been set up to guide companies in this effort. SUBSPORT offers tools and guidance for substance evaluation and substitution management and presents over 100 examples of successful substitution stories. SUBSPORT was set up and is run by four partners: Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH; the Instituto Sindical de Trabajo Ambiente y Salud (ISTAS); the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec); and Grontmij A/S (DK); and is co-financed by the LIFE+ programme of the European Union; the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany; and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Lebensministerium) of Austria.